Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery
Surgeons at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center use the da Vinci® Surgical System. This advanced robotic platform allows doctors to perform complex procedures using smaller incisions than standard surgery with small tools operated robotically. This may result in less pain, scarring, trauma and blood loss than other surgical procedures so that people can potentially return to work and daily activities more quickly.
Surgeons at Summerlin Hospital perform a variety of robotic procedures, including:
- Prostate procedures
- Gynecologic procedures
- Kidney surgery
- Colorectal surgery
- Gallbladder surgery
The da Vinci System
The da Vinci® Surgical System consists of a surgeon's console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance 3D, high-definition vision system and the system's EndoWrist® instruments. Using advanced robotic technology, the da Vinci System is designed to translate a surgeon's hand movements into precise movements of the EndoWrist instruments.
Advantages of Robotic Surgery
Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure. During a robotic surgery, small incisions are used, which may result in less post-operative pain, reduced blood loss, less need for blood transfusions and a potentially faster recovery time. The two major drawbacks of conventional laparoscopy (without the use of robotic instrumentation) are that it relies on the use of rigid, hand-held instruments, and visualization is provided by a standard 2D video monitor rather than a 3D field. While standard laparoscopic surgery is performed using small incisions, the surgeon's depth of field, dexterity and precision may be variable.
Potential benefits of minimally invasive robotic surgery over open surgery include:
- Shorter hospital stay (one day in most cases)
- Significantly less pain post-operatively
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
- Fewer complications and less risk of infection
- Smaller incisions and less scarring
Candidates for Robotic Surgery
The best candidates for robotic surgery are chosen on an individual basis by their doctor. Ask your doctor about robotic surgery and whether or not your diagnosis and situation will lend itself to robotic surgery.
You can also send us your questions about the da Vinci Surgical System and the Robotic Surgery Center at Summerlin Hospital.
Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if robotic surgery is right for you.